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Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times, covering topics on culture and politics. Originally from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Jessica graduated from the University of Florida where she received a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in mass communication.

During her time at University of Florida, she worked as an associate editor for The Gainesville Sun and interned at Entercom Communications. In 2011, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times' digital aggregation product, Times247. She can be reached at

Articles by Jessica Chasmar

** FILE ** San Diego Mayor Bob Filner apologizes for his behavior in this frame from a video produced by the city on Thursday, July 11, 2013. (Associated Press)

San Diego sheriff sets up Bob Filner complaint line

Pressure continues to mount for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign after allegations of sexual harassment by female staffers, with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department announcing the creation of a new complaint line specifically for accusations against the embattled Democrat. Published July 21, 2013

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, center, talks to the media outside the Duval County Jail Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in Jacksonville, Fla., after visiting Marissa Alexander, who is serving a 20-year sentence for firing a gun into the air to stop her abusive husband. (Associated Press)

Jesse Jackson blasts Florida as 'apartheid state'

The Rev. Jesse Jackson has called to boycott the "apartheid state" of Florida if the Department of Justice does not lodge a civil rights case against George Zimmerman. Published July 18, 2013

Detroit files for bankruptcy

Detroit has filed for federal bankruptcy in what could become the country's largest-ever municipal bankruptcy case, the Associated Press reported Thursday Published July 18, 2013

** FILE ** George Zimmerman leaves court with his family after Zimmerman's not guilty verdict was read in Seminole Circuit Court in Sanford, Fla. on Saturday, July 13, 2013. Jurors found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. (Associated Press)

Calif. Zimmerman protest unfolds with 17 arrests

A George Zimmerman protest in Victorville, Calif., turned rowdy Wednesday night, resulting in 17 arrests after a mob of youths reportedly looted a convenience store and tried to force their way into the mall. Published July 18, 2013

Witness Rachel Jeantel continues her testimony during George Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Thursday, June 27, 2013. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.(AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Jacob Langston, Pool)

Rachel Jeantel: Trayvon Martin threw the first punch

Florida's star witness in the George Zimmerman trial, Rachel Jeantel, said on Wednesday that she believes her deceased friend Trayvon Martin threw the first punch that ultimately lead to his death. Published July 17, 2013